DRDO flight tests Rustom 1 UAV, payload integration next

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    :: Bharat-Rakshak.com - Indian Military News Headlines ::
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    DRDO flight tests Rustom 1
    UAV, payload integration next
    May 21st, 2011 by Frontier India
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    A successful flight test of
    Rustom1 UAV was conducted at
    around 12 noon on 21st May
    2011. It was the second
    successful flight of“Rustom 1”
    being developed by the
    Aeronautical Development
    Establishment (ADE), a DRDO lab
    engaged in pioneering R&D work
    in the field of aeronautics. The
    “Rustom 1” has an endurance of
    14 hrs. and altitude ceiling of
    8000 meters. Rustom 1 has been
    achieved by converting a
    manned aircraft in to a UAV
    (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) by
    removing pilot seat and making
    required electrical, mechanical
    and aerodynamic modifications.
    The test flight was conducted at
    the airfield belonging to the M/s
    Taneja Aerospace (TAAL) located
    near Hosur.
    Many improvements
    have been carried outs since the
    last flight, in terms of piloting,
    landing, taxiing etc.
    The flight was a precursor to the
    flight with payloads as required
    by the Services. The complete
    sequence of events went off well
    to the total
    satisfaction of the scientists and
    technical personnel of the
    Bangalore’s Aeronautical
    Development Establishment who
    have developed the UAV. Lt Col
    Thappa from the Army was the
    external pilot for total mission
    flight who had no difficulty for
    control of the vehicle.
    Dr Prahlada, Chief controller
    Research and Development
    (Aeronautics Programs),
    informed that with the successful
    accurate flying of Rustom 1
    today, ADE is geared up for
    integration of payloads with the
    Aircraft within next three
    months, to demonstrate
    performance of payloads and
    necessary secure data-link to the
    users. Dr Prahlada congratulated
    all the team members of Project
    team led by Shri PS Krishnan,
    Distinguished Scientist and
    Director ADE. The flight was
    witnessed by Shri PS Krishnan,
    Director, ADE, Shri G. Natarajan
    Assoc director, ADE, Mr G.
    Sreenivasamurthy, Project
    Director, R1, ADE amongst other
    dignitaries.

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    IAI to help India develop
    unmanned Dhruv
    By Arie Egozi
    Israel Aerospace Industries and
    Hindustan Aeronautics are co-
    operating to enable the
    transition of the Indian-
    developed Dhruv advanced light
    helicopter into an unmanned
    maritime rotorcraft.
    Already involved in the Dhruv
    programme, IAI has developed
    an integrated helicopter avionics
    suite that would give the type a
    day and night observation
    capability, observation and
    targeting and electronic warfare
    equipment and a flexible
    weapons carrying system.
    © APGphoto gallery on
    flightglobal.com/AirSpace
    The Indian navy wants an
    unmanned version of the Dhruv,
    having criticised the performance
    of early production examples of
    the type. The service operates
    five examples, as listed in
    Flightglobal's HeliCAS database.
    IAI and HAL have performed
    initial tests of an unmanned
    version of the Chetak helicopter,
    but their focus has now shifted
    to adapting the Dhruv. Their
    proposed solution would lead to
    the development of a "black
    box" that could replace the
    aircraft's pilots for maritime
    missions.
    An unmanned version of the
    Dhruv could begin a series of
    test flights during 2011, a senior
    IAI source says. "The potential
    customers for unmanned
    helicopters are beginning to
    understand the potential in such
    a platform,".
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    IAI to help India develop unmanned Dhruv
     
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    And next in line UCAV system for flight test.
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    Livefist: India's Rustom MALE UAV Flies Again
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    India's Rustom
    MALE UAV Flies
    Again
    DRDO Statement:

    A successful
    flight test of the Rustom-1 UAV
    was conducted at around 12
    noon on 21st May 2011. It was
    the second successful flight of
    "Rustom 1" being developed by
    the Aeronautical Development
    Establishment (ADE), a DRDO lab
    engaged inpioneering R&D work
    in the field of aeronautics. The
    "Rustom 1" has an endurance of
    14 hrs. and altitude ceiling of
    8000 meters. Rustom 1 has been
    achieved by converting a
    manned aircraft in to a UAV
    (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) by
    removing pilot seat and making
    required electrical, mechanical
    and aerodynamic modifications.
    The test flight was conducted at
    the airfield belonging to the M/s
    Taneja Aerospace (TAAL) located
    near Hosur. Many improvements
    have been carried outs since the
    last flight, in terms of piloting,
    landing, taxiing etc. The flight
    was a precursor to the flight with
    payloads as required by the
    Services. The complete sequence
    of events went off well to the
    total satisfaction of the scientists
    and technical personnel of the
    Bangalore's Aeronautical
    Development Establishment who
    have developed the UAV. Lt Col
    Thappa from the Army was the
    external pilot for total mission
    flight who had no difficulty for
    control of the vehicle.
    Dr Prahlada, Chief controller
    Research and Development
    (Aeronautics Programs),
    informed that with the successful
    accurate flying of Rustom 1
    today, ADE is geared up for
    integration of payloads with the
    Aircraft within next three
    months, to demonstrate
    performance of payloads and
    necessary secure data-link to the
    users.
    .
    Here is its test video
    [video=youtube;seGfyTp3n1s&gl]http://youtube.com/watch?desktop_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fgl%3DUS%26hl%3Den-GB%26client%3Dmv-google%26v%3DseGfyTp3n1s&client=mv-google&hl=en-GB&v=seGfyTp3n1s&gl=US[/video]
     
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    India Now Wants Hundreds Of UAVs | AVIATION WEEK
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    India Now Wants Hundreds Of
    UAVs

    May 20, 2011
    By Neelam Mathews
    New Delhi
    India is increasing procurement
    of unmanned aerial vehicles
    (UAV), a critical need in light of
    the insurgency it is fighting in the
    northeast, the ongoing threat of
    terrorism, tension along the
    Pakistan border, and its
    emerging role as a regional naval
    power and subsequent need for
    persistent maritime surveillance.
    The military wants to acquire at
    least 1,500 unmanned systems in
    the next 3-4 years, ranging from
    man-portable drones to high-
    altitude, long-endurance (HALE)
    vehicles.
    A request for proposals (RFP) is
    expected this month from the
    army for 530 systems, capable of
    flying at 14,000 ft. An air force
    RFP will be released
    simultaneously for 150 systems,
    with ceiling of 22,000 ft.,
    endurance of 1.5 hr. and 4-5 kg
    (8.8-11 lb.) of payload.

    International contractors in
    ventures with Indian companies
    are vying for the business, even
    as products and prototypes
    emerge from local suppliers and
    government organizations such
    as the Aeronautical Development
    Establishment (ADE) and the
    Defense Research Development
    Organization (DRDO).
    Until now, India has mostly
    deployed medium-altitude, long-
    endurance (MALE) drones. While
    the country lags in deployment
    of UAVs, it wants to develop an
    integrated program.“India is
    fortunate to have a large
    enough budget and full range of
    needs to do this,” says T.J.
    Master, a UAV consultant.
    The military uses Israeli-built
    UAVs such as the Heron,
    Searcher Mk II and Harop from
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
    The DRDO is developing a MALE
    drone called Rustom-H, funded
    with an initial allocation of $225
    million. The Rustom-H is
    powered by an NPO-Saturn
    36MT turbofan, has 12-15-hr. of
    endurance and carries payloads
    of 75 kg to 25,000 ft.

    Despite the interest of private
    industry in India’s UAV
    procurement, there is concern
    that much of the business may
    go to government companies.
    Last year, after declaring its
    intent to involve the private
    sector in development of the
    Rustom-H, the project was
    awarded to government-owned
    Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL)
    and Bharat Electronics Ltd.“This
    was disappointing,” says an
    industry source. “If there is no
    assurance of an order and
    government companies are
    always preferred, why should
    private industry spend time and
    invest money [in UAVs]?”
    The navy, meanwhile,
    commissioned its second UAV
    squadron this year—with IAI
    Herons and Searcher Mk IIs—in
    the coastal city of Porbandar,
    Gujarat, near Pakistan. Its first
    UAV reconnaissance squadron is
    based in Kochi.“The location is
    ideal for covering the sea lanes
    from the Arabian Sea, as well as
    providing surveillance cover to
    high-value assets on the western
    coast,” says the navy. A third
    squadron is coming up in
    Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu,

    in the south.
    The navy is also looking at
    deploying unmanned rotorcraft
    from ships. IAI and HAL are
    working on converting the
    Chetak naval helicopter to a
    UAV with endurance of 6 hr.,
    ceiling of 15,000 ft., speed of 186
    kph (115 mph.) and 220-kg
    payload.
    Following delays,
    however, the navy last year
    issued a RFI for a vertical-
    takeoff-and-landing UAV.
    Northrop Grumman has made
    presentations here for its MQ-8B
    Fire Scout.
    With insurgency an ongoing
    problem, interest has emerged in
    Northrop Grumman’s Airborne
    Standoff Minefield Detection
    System (Astamids), which was
    demonstrated on Fire Scout.
    “The insurgents lay mines to be
    remotely triggered 4 in. below
    roads in the eastern states of
    India,” an army official says. “The
    algorithms to locate IEDs
    (improvised explosive devices)
    through processing Astamids
    imagery will prove a boon to the
    paramilitary forces coping with
    this problem.”
    Honeywell Aerospace also
    carried out live demonstrations
    and trials of its T-Hawk micro air
    vehicle last year, claiming it
    detects IEDs planted 20 in.
    underground.
    Boeing has had discussions about
    its catapult-launched ScanEagle
    for homeland security.“It can
    also be launched from a P-8
    [maritime surveillance aircraft] or
    F/A-18E/F Super Hornet,”
    says
    Rick McCrary, director of
    international business
    development at Boeing. Scan-
    Eagle uses a pneumatic catapult
    and flies preprogrammed or
    operator-initiated missions
    guided by GPS and an onboard
    flight-control system. In India,
    ScanEagle could be of value in
    intelligence-gathering in border
    areas and over water.
    No matter which UAVs are
    specified, challenges persist.
    Reliability will be an issue, as
    monsoon rains can be
    destructive. A doctrine for
    procurement by the air force
    and army is not clearly defined,
    creating confusion and
    duplication. There is also a lack
    of operational benchmarks and
    experience, and no testing range.
    Networking of UAVs, which
    requires secure digital links and
    interoperability, is also an issue.
     
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